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Washington Cty, FL: New SPED school; '[We'll] provide what we haven’t been able to provide'

June 12, 2018, Chipley, FL: ‘A good thing for the area’ http://www.chipleypaper.com/news/20180612/a-good-thing-for-area Washington County School District is preparing to open a new school. Tentatively called Washington Academy of Varying Exceptionalities (WAVE), the school for exceptional student education (ESE) students three years old through 12th grade will be housed in the former fifth-grade building at Roulhac Middle School. “This school will provide a choice, a place where resources are focused on kids with those needs,” said Director of Students and ESE Services Elizabeth Arnold. “We are combining resources in the district so that teachers that have a passion for students with disabilities can provide needed assistance in a rich learning environment.” The school has already enrolled 37 students for the upcoming school year, with eight coming from Marianna’s Hope School. The school has its own administrator, speech therapist, behavioral specialist, and a number of ESE-dedicated teachers and paraprofessionals…. “I think its going to be a good thing for the area, the county,” she said. “We’re going to be able to provide what we haven’t been able to provide the kids - more intensive centered things, things that apply to them specifically.”…